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Beautiful Bordeaux

Explore the Bordeaux region by river ship

Your date here

10 +

Group Size

11 / 10

Days / Nights

29

Meals

Embark on an unforgettable river ship journey through the heart of France’s beautiful Bordeaux region. As you sail along the scenic waterways of the Gironde, Garonne, and Dordogne rivers, explore some of the most celebrated regions in the world of wine and culture. This cruise offers the perfect blend of historic charm, world-class vineyards, elegant châteaux, and lush countryside in one of France's most enchanting regions.

Explore

the architecture and cobblestone streets of the charming city of Bordeaux and the medieval village of Saint-Émilion

Taste

authentic Bordelaise delicacies along with wines from left and right bank wine regions including Saint-Émilion and the Médoc

DISCOVER

storybook landscapes, historical landmarks, and culinary delights from the comfort of your deluxe river ship

Day 1

Bordeaux

Welcome to Bordeaux, a city of wine, history, and spectacular architecture. On arrival, a driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the Scenic Diamond for your all-inclusive cruise through the Bordeaux region.

Dinner

Overnight on Scenic Diamond or Similar

Day 2

Saint-Émilion

Enjoy a pleasant morning cruise on the Dordogne River to the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. Take in the passing scenery from the Sun Deck or perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class.

Spend the afternoon in the medieval village of Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site with an incredible history dating back to the Roman era. Stroll the ancient cobblestone streets and explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church– a true highlight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on Scenic Diamond or Similar

Day 3

Libourne

Join a local guide for a walking tour of the picturesque riverside town of Libourne, known for its rich history linked to the trade of wool, wine, salt, and wood. Alternatively, head either by motorcoach or cycle to Château Siaurac in the acclaimed Pomerol wine region for a tour and tasting of the wines produced at this prestigious estate. This afternoon, sail onward to Fort Medoc, where the ship will dock overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on Scenic Diamond or Similar

Day 4

Médoc

This morning, travel through the celebrated Médoc wine region and enjoy a visit to another prestigious winery for a tour and tasting. For those looking for more activity, cycle through the countryside of this beautiful region (e-bikes available), stopping along the way for a wine tasting.

Later, visit Château d’Agassac, a medieval castle in the Haut-Médoc countryside and the venue for your unforgettable evening concert. Soak in the ambiance of this magnificent property as live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your enjoyment.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on Scenic Diamond or Similar

Day 5

Fort Médoc to Cadillac

Soak in the vistas as you cruise through the verdant landscapes along the Garonne River into the historic town of Cadillac. You’ll pass lush vineyards, elegant châteaux, and rolling hills as journey south into the Côtes de Bordeaux wine region. While on board, relax and enjoy the amenities of your deluxe river ship.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on Scenic Diamond or Similar

Day 6

Cadillac

This morning, venture into the Sauternes region to visit a local château, savor their fine wines, and enjoy beautiful views of the vineyards and surrounding countryside. Or cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to a Grand Cru Classé estate for a tasting. 

This afternoon, visit the historic Roquetaillade Castle, explore the family home of renowned French artist Henri de Toulous-Lautrec, or cycle through the idyllic landscapes of the Gironde towards impressive Château Benauge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on Scenic Diamond or Similar

Day 7

Bordeaux

Join a local guide this morning and discover the World Heritage-listed city of Bordeaux with its grand boulevards, elegant 18th-century architecture, and historic landmarks. Along the way, learn about the city’s history, culture, and way of life.

Alternatively, pedal through historic Bordeaux to see the sights, or shop with a chef at a local food market before gathering for an interactive cooking demonstration. 

Later, savor fresh oysters delivered straight from the waters of Arcachon Bay and enjoy an exclusive after-hours visit to Les Bassins de Lumières, Bordeaux’s former submarine base that has been transformed into an impressive digital art installation.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on Scenic Diamond or Similar

Day 8

Bordeaux & Arcachon

Continue your exploration of Bordeaux and its surrounding regions today. Options include a visit to the Cité du Vin interactive wine museum, a unique tour in a sidecar or back of a motorbike, or an outing to the bayside town of Arcachon for a beach walk or guided tour of the town including a stop at the local market.

This afternoon, enjoy leisure time on board as you sail north towards Bourg.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on Scenic Diamond or Similar

Day 9

Bourg

Today the ship will be docked in the picturesque town of Bourg on the banks of the Dordogne River. Tour the Carriages Museum located inside the grounds of enchanting Bourg Castle and discover the unique collection of horse-drawn carriages. Alternatively, spend the day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a cognac tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on Scenic Diamond or Similar

Day 10

Blaye to Bordeaux

This morning, sail toward the historic town of Blaye, strategically established to protect the city of Bordeaux from invasion. Stroll through the charming town during a guided walking tour, or take a more active walk through the Citadel of Blaye and learn about the defense system that was created by the famous architect Sébastien Vauban. Alternatively, join a group cycle along the Captain’s Road, or explore the beauty of the fairytale Château de La Roche Courbon, during a guided tour of the castle and gardens.

Later, enjoy the amenities on board as we cruise toward Bordeaux. This evening, gather for the Captain’s festive farewell dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight on Scenic Diamond or Similar

Day 11

Depart Bordeaux

After a final delicious breakfast on board, disembark and transfer to the Bordeaux airport with memories of a truly unforgettable journey.

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Dordogne

Day 8

Bergerac

Depart Bordeaux after breakfast as we head east on a scenic drive toward the Dordogne region. We’ll make a stop along the way for lunch in a local bistro featuring regional specialties followed by a visit to a nearby winery in the Bergerac wine region for an informative tour and tasting. Afterward, we’ll continue on through rolling hills to our accommodations set within a private estate amid the natural beauty of the Dordogne Valley. Enjoy an open evening to relax and take in your new surroundings.

Lunch

Overnight stay at Domaine de Rochebois

Day 9

Sarlat

After breakfast, get ready to explore the charming town of Sarlat, nestled in the heart of the Périgord Noir. A gourmet walking tour of the city will take us through the colorful markets, quaint streets, and vibrant squares of this medieval town. Taste local specialties, such as foie gras, truffles, and confit de canard, while learning about the history and culture of the region. After a delicious lunch in Sarlat, have some free time to explore the town before returning to our hotel in the afternoon with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight stay at Domaine de Rochebois

Day 10

Lascaux and The Dordogne Villages

After breakfast, we will depart for Lascaux IV— the International Center for Cave Art, which contains a replica of the Lascaux cave, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, with more than 600 paintings and engravings dating back to prehistoric times. Enjoy free time for lunch in Lascaux before taking in the panoramic views as we travel to visit a quaint village of the Dordogne region. We'll return to our hotel in the late afternoon and our evening will include a wine-paired dinner in the hotel's gourmet restaurant. We’ll return to our hotel in the late afternoon and our evening will include a wine-paired dinner in the hotel’s gourmet restaurant.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight stay at Domaine de Rochebois

Day 11

Departure

Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before checking out and taking a private transfer to Bergerac Dordogne Perigord Airport.

Breakfast

Accommodations

Scenic Diamond

The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Program: Date TBD
Extension: Date TBD

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.), which can leave some areas inaccessible. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities.  If your mobility is limited in any way, or if you have questions, please contact our Guest Services team at guestservices@experi.com.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/agreement.


Ship Inclusions

  • Master French cookery in an exclusive on board cooking school, Scenic Culinaire
  • In the heart of the famous Médoc region enjoy an exclusive classical concert in Château d’Agassac
  • Visit Roquetaillade Castle and be guided through by the current resident whose ancestors have resided in the castle for more than 700 years
  • Take in the sights of the spectacular Arcachon region on the Atlantic coast
  • Exclusive after hours access at Les Bassins de Lumières, the former submarine base converted into an impressive digital art installation.
  • 29 meals – 10 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day? – not just at meal times
  • Butler service for every suite
  • Complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily
  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and on shore

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals

Categories & Rates*

Diamond Deck

Royal Panorama Suite (RS)
Royal Owner's Suite (RO)
Royal Balcony Suite (RA)
Balcony Suite (A,PA,PP,P)
Jr. Balcony Suite (RJ)

Sapphire Deck
Balcony Suite (C,BA,BB,B)
Single Balcony Suite (BS)
Jr. Balcony Suite (BJ)

Jewel Deck
Standard Suite (E,D)

Extension Rates*

Double Occupancy (per person)

Single Occupancy Only

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


Deposits

A $1,000 deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 deposit is required for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

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Travel Terms & Conditions

View our complete terms and conditions here at https://experi.com/agreement.

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